Felon faces charges after guns found in his home

Deputies find AR-15 rifle, shotgun after being called to Fredonia house
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Authorities who were called to the Town of Fredonia home of a man with a felony record after he began trashing his house, ranting about the government and yelling “get the guns” found an AR-15 rifle and semiautomatic shotgun next to his bed, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week.

Brett A. Golke, 44, is charged with three felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, the same crime he was convicted of in 1994 in Sheboygan County.

Golke is also charged with one felony count of second and subsequence offense possession of marijuana — the same crime he was convicted of in 2003 in Sheboygan County — and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Golke, who was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, is being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s deputy who arrived at Golke’s home at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, found him wearing only sweatpants and said he was covered in his blood and sweating profusely. Although calm at first, Golke began yelling incoherently about the government and said he would “fight with everyone ’til the last (expletive) bullet.”

Golke’s 18-year-old son, who lives at the house with Golke’s other two children, ages 12 and 16, and Golke’s girlfriend, told deputies that he was in the living room when his father came out of his bedroom screaming profanities and yelling “get the guns,” the complaint states.

Golke’s son said his father punched a wall and TV and flipped over an end table before grabbing him by the face and pushing him against a bunk bed, according to the complaint.

Golke’s girlfriend told authorities that they were in bed when Golke began “freaking out.” When asked if he had been drinking or using drugs, she said no, but then admitted that she and Golke had smoked marijuana, the complaint states.

In the drawer of Golke’s nightstand, a deputy found a 9mm handgun. The AR-15 rifle and shotgun were leaning against the wall next to the bed, according to the complaint.

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